Word from the Kop

September Player of the Month
October 8, 2010, 4:34 pm
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Steven Gerrard: A very tough month, to say the least, but Gerrard was one of the only players to keep his dignity, his three league goals certainly helped us, especially as it salvaged a draw against Sunderland, his other two came in the grudge match against United, where his two goals gave us hope of getting a result there. We need another big month from Captain Fantastic, as we look to fight our way out of the dreaded relegation zone. Him putting in an inspirational performance against The Toffee’s will be a good start and could help him on the way to two consecutive months as Word from the Kop’s player of the month.

Player to look out for Next Month:

Joo Cole: After a slow start to his Anfield career, Cole will be hoping that he can finally find his feet at the club and start producing his best for the club. A big impact is needed from Cole, if we want to start climbing the table.


Yanks out, Yanks In

Today Liverpool Football Club announced on their official website that it has agreed the sale of the club to the New England Sports Venture group, the group who also own Boston Red Sox is fronted by John Henry. The fee ‘agreed’ is £300 million, the reason I put agreed is agreed in inverted commas, was that it has leaked out that Hicks and Gillett didn’t want the offer to be accepted, however they couldn’t overthrow the decision. NESV have promised to eiether expand Anfield or build a new stadium and fund new players.

However, don’t get too carried away, because we have had to deal with new owners that have promised so much before and have delivered nothing. So I will only be happy once they start fulfilling their promises. We need to seriously invest in our playing staff and hopefully NESV will realise this and hand Hodgson a handsome kitty. The reason I still said Hodgson as manager in January is because we have to be still behind Hodgson, he has had a very tough start, yes we have had some very poor performances, but can it get much worse?

England Squad

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Joe Cole (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool

An absolute disgrace.

Like the Northampton game, I can’t even try and force myself to do a match report, all you need to know is that Blackpool played very well, they scored two goals in the first half, whilst as usual we were very poor, so in the second half, we pushed for goals, but only managed one through Kyriakos. It doesn’t matter how many times we went close in the second half, because we were inadequate in the first half.

Our start of the season has been appalling and yesterday there were loud chants from the Kop for King Kenny to return to the helm, if Hodgson can’t pull the team round quickly, then I could join in the chants. He needs to over power the ego’s in the dressing rfoom and show who is the boss. We are playing like relegation candidates and that is where we are situated. We have got Everton next after the International break, this break should provide enough time for the entire squad to take a hard look at themselves. Never we have gone into a derby match in this sort of situation and nothing but three points is suffice. If we win at Everton, it could give us a confidence boost, but at this rate we could be fortunate to scrape into the Europa League places. The takeover of the club is crucial, we need it to happen before January, so that we can invest heavily in the side, we currently have too many average players, below I have written a list of all the players that I feel are average, good and world class, this will underline how weak our squad actually is.

Average Players: Brad Jones, Paul Konchesky, Fabio Aurelio, Sotoris Kyrgiakos, Christain Poulsen, Lucas Leiva, Maxi Rodriguez, Ryan Babel, David N’Gog & Milan Jovanovic.

Good Players: Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher, Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt & Joe Cole.

World Class Players: Pepe Reina, Steven Gerrard & Fernando Torres

This underlines our weak squad, I would like to see more youngsters in the team, as I believe they will play with more passion for the club, which the supporters would like to see. Spearing is better than Lucas, Kelly looks as able as Konchesky, Pacheco and Amoo look like they have more about them than any of the other wingers.

My Starting Line-up v Blackpool

GK: Pepe Reina

LB: Martin Kelly
CB’s: Jamie Carragher & Martin Skrtel
RB: Glen Johnson

CM’s: Raul Meireles & Steven Gerrard
LM: Joe Cole
RM: Dirk Kuyt

CF’s: Fernando Torres & David N’Gog

Subs: Brad Jones, Sotoris Kyrgiakos, Danny Wilson, Christian Poulsen, Jonjo Shelvey, Dani Pacheco & Ryan Babel.

I would fully expect this team to comfortably beat Blackpool, which we so desperately need. I would include Wilson, Shelvey and Pacheco on the bench, so that if we are winning, they can come on, or even if we are only doing averagely, they can maybe come on and prove their potential. Torres needs a few goals and this is an ideal opportunity for him to bag some to gain some confidence. If Torres is on his game, then we should surely run riot against the Seasiders.

Time to step up boys…

Liverpool 0-0 FC Utrecht
October 1, 2010, 5:37 pm
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0-0, you could see either way, two points lost or a valuable away point that takes up top of the Europa League table. For me the main thing was about the performance, it was all too familiar to every other game this season, as we looked very average, our tempo was too slow, we looked shaky in defence, we still lacked creativity and when we did create chances, we failed to put them away.

The line-up saw Lucas and Poulsen start in the same line-up, in Gerrard’s absence, how many times do I have to say we will struggle to beat any team with Lucas and Poulsen in the same team, they are too similar a player and their mentality is way too defensive. So the team in full was Reina, Johnson, Kelly, Skrtel, Carragher, Poulsen, Lucas, Kuyt, Meireles, Cole and Torres.

In the entire first half, we looked like a team away in Europe, quite defensive and looking to soak up the pressure and try and hit them on the counter, which is fair enough, if we are playing a European giant, but with all respect to FC Utrecht, they simply aren’t that calibre. Constantly, Lucas played poor pass after pass and Poulsen and Meireles weren’t much better. We didn’t create much, but neither did Utrecht, the best both teams could conjure up really was a few tame long range shots.

And the second half began very similar to the first half, because of our slow tempo and our lack of creativity. This was very frustrating to watch, but we did carve out some chances, a poor back pass from a Utrecht player and Torres latched on and he tried to steer the ball past the onrushing keeper and he nicked it past the sliding goalie, who he jumped over, but couldn’t then steer the ball home, if he went down it would have been a stone wall penalty. Another Torres chance soon came after, a quick counter from Liverpool, saw a great chance one-on-one for Torres, but he tried to slip the ball past the keeper, but he expertly saved, but we weren’t even granted a corner. FC Utrecht had a few chances, but nothing came of it. The only change was Maxi who came on for Joe Cole, who was tiring. this sub was surprising to me as I would have liked to see someone more creative coming on, to try and win the game.

Pepe Reina 6/10 Looked a bit shakey.

Glen Johnson 7/10 Played pretty well, our best player.

Jamie Carragher 6/10 Played okay.

Martin Skrtel 5/10 I thought Martin was quite poor.

Martin Kelly 6/10 Looked decent, he is still learning.

Christian Poulsen 5/10 His passing was poor, but he made some good challenges.

Lucas Leiva 3/10 I thought he was truly shocking, passing was awful, didn’t help attacking wise nor really the defensively.

Joe Cole 6/10 Tried hard, but tired quite early.

Raul Meireles 5/10 His poorest game so far, his passing was disappointing.

Dirk Kuyt 5/10 A lot was said about his return to Utrecht, but he didn’t look his usual self.

Fernando Torres 6/10 Should have scored at least one, but looked slightly fitter.

Maxi Rodriguez 6/10 came on to little effect.

MOTM: Glen Johnson

My Starting Line-Up v FC Utrecht

GK: Pepe Reina

LB: Martin Kelly
CB’s: Martin Skrtel & Jamie Carragher
RB: Glen Johnson

CM’s: Lucas Leiva & Raul Meireles
RM: Dirk Kuyt
LM: Ryan Babel
AM: Joe Cole

CF: Fernando Torres

Subs: Brad Jones, Sotoris Kyrgiakos, Stephen Darby, Christian Poulsen, Milan Jovanovic, Dani Pacheco & David N’Gog

I would expect this team to beat Utrecht, it’s ideal to keep giving Torres game time, if he keeps playing it will be only a matter of time before he starts to fire. Raul Meireles and Joe Cole will help the team with the creative side, with Lucas anchoring. I would play Babel, which is quite a shock, but he proved himself in Holland, so why can’t he go back and show why he got such a good reputation for himself. If he wants to stay at Anfield, he has to start performing, this is a perfect opportunity. There is no recognised left back in the squad, but Martin Kelly will almost definitely play there tonight, I’m glad he will play because with every game he plays he is looking more and more confident in a red shirt.